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About is the first health and wellness website authored solely by nurses. is a platform for nurses to reach a broad audience with evidence-based health information.  The website showcases the knowledge, experience, and education of individual nurses while giving the profession a voice in the growing e-health conversation. strives to correct misconceptions promoted by mainstream media, report the latest scientific research, and give licensed professional opinion on health-related matters.  The site changes the way public health education is delivered and has modified the definition of “patient” to include anyone using a computer to learn about health and wellness.

Why get health and wellness information from a nurse?

Nurses are the backbone of healthcare and spend more time with patients than any other profession.  They are educated, trained, and licensed in the delivery of medical care, but most importantly, understand the human condition.  Nurses see health from multiple perspectives and witness a broad range of outcomes.  They collaborate with team members in a teach-and-learn environment and what they know might be very useful to you.

Why the name “Nurse Gail”? started as the business blog of Gail Ingram, who at the time was a registered nurse.  The blog gained traction as a health and wellness resource and, while in graduate school, Gail decided to transition the site into a collaboration for all nurses. “Nurse Gail” has become a brand associated with reliable health information and represents a collective effort to make the world a healthier place.


What Do Nurses Do?

There are different kinds of nurses with different levels of education and training.  The majority of the profession is comprised of Registered Nurses (over 3.5 million in the U.S.) who primarily work on busy hospital units or in the emergency room.  Unfortunately the public is often unfamiliar with what nurses do until they are admitted to the hospital or have a sick loved one.

A Registered Nurse (RN) has a license to provide medical care for people of all ages.  The care provided focuses on each person’s unique experience and is aimed at improving their quality of life.  Nursing education is science-based and includes pharmacology, pathophysiology, anatomy, microbiology, molecular biology, chemistry, and more.  Humanities along with an extensive clinical component allows nurses to diagnosis and treat a person’s response to health problems.

The role of the RN includes:

  • Perform physical assessments and identify abnormal findings or changes in health status
  • Use assessment findings to make nursing diagnoses
  • Plan comprehensive care based on a person’s condition, illness, or disability
  • Integrate care of other providers such as medical doctors, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, physical therapists, social workers, and dietitians
  • Execute medical regimens and protocols that are prescribed
  • Administer medications or treatments and monitor responses to them
  • Foresee health risks, advocate for patients, anticipate unmet needs
  • Educate and counsel varied health-related topics including:  procedures, rehabilitation care, disease prevention, emotional adjustment, and anticipation of new situations and circumstances created by health problems
  • Participate in research, shape health policy, manage care
  • Honor ethical obligations, respect patient’s rights and confidentiality

A Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an RN who has completed advanced clinical nursing education (usually a master’s degree).  Certification criteria varies by state and some specialties include:  Adult Health, Pediatrics, Oncology, and Psychiatry.

A Nurse Practitioner (NP) is graduate educated registered nurse who can diagnose, treat, and prescribe medication.  There are a little over 200,000 in the U.S. and, in many states, they can practice independently with the same authority as a primary care medical doctor.  Nurse practitioner specialty areas may include:  Acute Care,  Adult Health, Family Health, Gerontology, Holistic, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Palliative Care, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Women’s Health.

A Doctor of Nursing (yes, they are called “Doctor”) have a PhD or DNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice).  These are experts in the field and contribute to the growing body of nursing research and often assume leadership roles.

Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) provides skilled nursing care tasks and procedures under the direction of a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist, physician, or other authorized health care provider.